US Unions File First USMCA Trade Complaint Against Mexico

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Reprinted from The Washington Post by The Associated Press on May 10, 2021.

US and Mexican unions on Monday filed the first labor complaint against Mexico under the US-Mexico-Canada free trade pact.

The complaint argues that Mexico has not lived up to its pledge under the trade accord, known as the USMCA, to guarantee workers the right to freely organize and join the union of their choice.

The complaint centers on the Tridonex auto parts assembly plant in the Mexican border city of Matamoros where workers have been fighting to join a new union.

The outside organizer of that union, lawyer Susana Prieto, has been jailed, harassed and prohibited from traveling to Tamaulipas, the state where Matamoros is. …

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